This week, Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Tommy’s new daughter Katie, how fireworks and toddlers don’t mix, and they bring on former New York Knicks star John Starks.
When we were kids some of us wanted to become professional athletes in our favorite sports. I wanted to either be a running back in the NFL or a point guard in the NBA. I didn’t make it to that level, but there are kids with those aspirations that made their dream become a reality. As a young boy, John Starks knew he wanted to become a professional basketball player. With the love and support of family, specifically his mother Irene and grandmother Callie, and through sheer determination he achieved his goal when he signed with the New York Knicks.
Starks was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1992-1993, became an NBA All-Star in 1994, and was awarded the League’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1996-1997. He averaged 14.1 points per game, while leading the Knicks in three point goals (982). In addition, he remains 11th in total points (8,489), 8th in assists (2,394), and 7th in steals (711) in Knicks history.
Even while playing in the NBA, John took the time to create the John Starks Foundation. He created the foundation to provide positive opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters and communities.
John and his family reside in Stamford, CT. When his not watching the Knicks, John spends time with his family, playing golf and working on his foundation’s agendas. We had the great pleasure of talking with John about his time in the NBA, fatherhood, and his foundation.
Follow John Starks on Twitter @StarksTheDunk
Learn more about the John Starks Foundation.